TOPIC: RESULTS OF FAITHFUL GIVING (II)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1Chro 7, 1Chro 8, 1Chro 9, 1Chro 10
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:57-60
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Cor. 9:6
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY: I rebuke devourers in every area of your life, in the name of Jesus.
We began the study and devotion on the results of faithful giving yesterday. Now you know that faithful giving will bring inestimable blessings to your life here on earth and in eternity. You should also be making a decision to increase your giving to the Lord.
Let us examine more results or blessings of faithful giving. Giving will release the power of God upon you. It will enlarge your capacity to receive great things and beautiful blessings of God (2 Cor. 9:8, 11). Giving will give you joy and happiness (2 Cor. 9:7). Do you give grudgingly or under pressure? Are you consistent in your giving or you do it once in a while? Are you stingy and tight fisted? You need to turn a new leaf.
Let me also share with you some biblical examples of faithful givers and what they got. The widow of Zarephath gave sacrificially and faithfully to Prophet Elijah. It was the last meal for her and her son during the terrible famine in the land. Her faithful giving brought her miraculous supply through Elijah and they never lacked again during the famine (1 Kings 17:7-16).
The wealthy Shunamite woman generously and faithfully offered hospitality and care to Prophet Elisha. God ended age-long barrenness in her life and gave her a son through the ministry of Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-10). Joseph of Arimathea offered up his tomb freely for Jesus’ burial. Nobody asked or coerced him.
He lay Jesus’ body in it, rolled a stone in front of it and went away. He was so sacrificial and faithful in his giving that he was not expecting anything in return. (Mt. 27:57-60). Lastly, the church in Macedonia, though poor and would have been justified for not giving, gave faithfully and generously so much that they were commended in the Bible (2 Cor. 8:1-5).
All these examples are worthy of emulation. Remember you are the one that benefits when you give faithfully. The Bible says you should lay up your treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19). But then, if you do not know Christ, you can’t give to Him.
You must receive His own gift first which is the gift of eternal life before you give Him your own. God bless you as you do this, in Jesus’ name.
1. Spirit of obedience for giving sacrificially, my life is available, fall on me now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. I shall not short change my blessing because of stinginess, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Spirit of selfishness, depart from my life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. I will not exchange my gift of eternal life with the riches of the world, in the name of Jesus.
5. You bondage to wealth and riches in my life, break now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
6. Spirit of stinginess, release me and die, in the name of Jesus Christ.
7. Lord Jesus, prosper me beyond my imagination, in the name of Jesus Christ
Mountain Top Life Is a Daily Devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (general Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)